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Last week I had the chance to sit down and chat with our Summer Camp leadership staff, Nikki Bryant and Jay Davis. It was an opportunity to learn more about them, their connection to summer camp and the ways that they’ve seen Hidden Villa Summer Camp impact our campers.

camp staff(Jay in red on left, Nikki in red on right)

 

What do you think is the most impactful part of Hidden Villa summer camp?

J: We open campers up to new physical and emotional opportunities, while guiding them with positive role models of all different backgrounds. As a director, I look at the logistical side of summer camp, yet my grandest connection to camp came from goodbyes as a counselor. The connection of camper to counselor is strong and impactful. You can have camp anywhere because it’s the people that will make the biggest impact.  

N: Hidden Villa Summer Camp is a youth space that empowers them with choice. Youth today have to go to school, do homework, and engage in all kinds of extracurricular activities. When campers are here they are encouraged to make choices for themselves. Year after year campers return, showing they want to be here and appreciate these spaces that encourage them to use their voice.

Can you tell us about your most memorable experience at Hidden Villa summer camp?

N: The camp magic is something you know on an intellectual level is happening all the time, everywhere. It is in the subtle moments that happen all the time. You see a group of kids that have spent a week together and they don’t want to get in the car at the end of the week. Those kids want to hold on to a feeling that is profound and healthy. Yet, what makes camp so fabulous is that it ends. It couldn’t go on forever or else the magic would die out.

J: I appreciate the amount of reflection sessions that happen here around issues of gender, race, food justice, outdoor living skills, what we can do to protect the land, and familial structures. I’ve found Tipi Camp “Float Nights” especially important. It is a time where the group of 9-10 year olds make some kind of commitment to caring for the Earth. They get to decide their commitment and it is quite powerful to hear their thoughts and watch them experience the night together.

When did you gain interest in working at summer camp?

N: I knew I wanted my job when I was 7. I was sent to camp by my parents and didn’t know that that’s what was happening. I was just getting on a bus. I was very young and accidentally signed up for a 2-week session. It shaped my life.

After that summer I spent the majority of my year waiting for camp. As a young person one of my long-term goals was to become a summer staff member because it would allow me to be at camp all summer long. The first year as staff was a pretty steep learning curve, and yet I’ve been back ever since.

I struggled in school for many different reasons and camp was my opportunity to be me, re-invent who I was. Camp created an environment that opened my world to new perspectives and changed the way I thought. Doing this learning is community is a prime opportunity for growth.

J: It was more about camp finding me. I cared for the children of a family that owned a summer camp. They had to convince me that I would enjoy working at summer camp, but as soon as I was there I knew I would be hooked for life. It was the right kind of growth within a healthy group environment. The best thing about camp was that our individual traits were looked at as strengths. Instead of judging others there was a focus on connecting and moving forward with you.

At Hidden Villa we take the experiential opportunity and direct it towards a purpose -  to inspire a just and sustainable future. We facilitate these growth opportunities for young people to engage with peers of all backgrounds through shared experiences.

 

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this writing contest.  We encourage participants to continue writing, visiting the farm, and sharing your voices with your friends, family, and the community. Keep an eye out for more writing contests in the near future. We had a lot of fun with this and hope you did, too. Happy reading and writing!

 

The Hidden Villa Oasi

By Mihika B., 8th grade

My mother, sister, and I arrived at Hidden Villa at nine o clock on a Saturday morning, for sheep shearing. It was a sunny day, with a few clouds, so quite chilly in the shade. We came prepared with jackets, backpacks, and snacks, but didn’t expect to stay until twelve o clock. After all, how long can you watch a sheep being sheared?

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We followed a sheep signpost, and came upon a little field, with a crowd of onlookers surrounding the fence. As we neared the field, we noticed a small black and white dog, almost completely hidden by the tall grass, chasing the sheep – a sheepdog! There was a lady with a hat and a stick, telling the sheepdog where to herd the sheep. The sheep were stumbling and tripping over each other to obey the Scottish collie’s command! They ran round and round in circles, and then back to the lady, with the sheepdog on their tail. (But they never lost their tails; they always came back wagging behind them!). All of them looked so amiable and eager to please that they could have been pets. Once, when the lady told the sheepdog to herd the sheep into the pen, the sheep were rather overenthusiastic, and broke a side off of the pen as they ran into it. There was a roar of laughter from the audience as the sheep ran out with the side of the pen still clinging to their backs, and didn’t even try to shake it off! Such obedience!

We noticed one particular sheep, which was smaller than the others, but with strong leadership aspirations. It never got cowed down by the bigger, heftier, fluffier, sheep; instead, it always managed to have its head in front of all the others, leading the herd. We called him the snacker, because the first time we noticed him, he was chewing on some grass with such a blissful and contented smile on his face!

Soon, it was time for the sheep to be sheared. We tore ourselves away from the sheep and went over to watch. The first sheep protested vehemently to getting a haircut. It had to be dragged over by the ears, and it baaed and bleated loudly, as if the world was ending and it was going to die, just like my little sister Lavu does before a haircut! After a few minutes it realized it wasn’t going to get hurt, and got used to the feeling. It looked quite comical as they sheared it, hanging almost upside down, with its ears flopping out, and a thick coat of wool hanging off it’s back!

I felt calm and peaceful as I watched the sheep, with the blue sky over my head, and the hills around me. It was as if I was in a different world – the serene world that I had read about and only imagined until then, in the books by James Herriot. This world had come to life for me, here in Hidden Villa, inspiring me to return time and again. But I also realize that this world is fast disappearing. Hidden Villa is like an oasis in the Silicon Valley desert. Outside, life is full of sports, classes, school, homework, driving, rush rush rush rush rush. My visits to Hidden Villa have helped me build a closer connection with nature, reminding me how easy it is for us to forget this world amidst all the construction in Silicon Valley. Do we stand in danger of losing this utopia?

My Moment at Hidden Villa

 By Sudipti D., Grade 2

Hi, I was a future farmer before and I want to share my time with you. I’m going to tell my story from beginning to end. First, we fed the cows which was super cool! then we went inside from back to see more cows. They are the size of monsters and giants from my height. we get to touch the sheep and lambs also, there are two twin lambs which were just born .

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Next, we went to the chicken coops and pig barn. the fun part is taking out eggs and putting them in a basket. the sad thing is sometimes the chickens peck their eggs and they break their eggs.

the farmers put sticks so they can rest. We also learned that the chickens lay eggs and make strange noises I never heard before. we also went outside where chickens run freely. I get to touch and hold them for long time. I even saw one of them had an injury so, farmer's had to take him to the feeding and to sleeping area. I felt sad for him. one of the pigs had so many piglets and they are so cute but not that furry. The mom pig was giant and huge looking. Same as the other two pigs. but they did not have piglets with them. Not to mention that there was an limit that pigs could give birth to twenty four piglets. But Rarely a pig can also give birth to just one. the funny part is that there was a pigeon among chickens which thought itself was a chicken !!! . We couldn't touch or feed the ram because the ram was too dangerous & aggressive. Also when the ram was young they cut his tail and that is because when he grow up it might hurt. Also they cut it’s tail and one of the reason is because when the ram goes poop the poop sticks on the rams tail. And that will cause a bad thing to the ram. And we went to goat's to touch and feed, also we fed the lamb's. We put the milk to one of the metal bucket's , Just like farmer's get milk from cow's it's the same thing to goat's. We took the milk & put it into a bottle just like I said in the other paragraph then we fed the lamb's we played with the lamb's. Also I did not mention this but when I was playing with the lamb they jumped & if they do it they were little they might jump on someone when they grow big. Then we came back to the sheep's and spent a little -bit time with them. Not to mention that this was two hour's. THE END. All in all I would like to visit “hidden villa” future farmer's again! One day I teach everybody how to take care of animals.

My Moment at Hidden Villa

By Aditi D., Grade 2

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Written by Ali Abbors, Hidden Villa Journeyman

When are tomatoes tastiest? What is rhubarb season? Who grows my cucumbers? We are hungry, and not only for nutritious, affordable, ethically-grown foods. We crave connection to the natural rhythms and hardworking humans that bring these foods to our tables. When grocery store shelves are stocked year-round with fruits and vegetables from around the globe, it’s no surprise that we’ve lost track of the delicious details that reveal themselves when we eat by Mother Nature’s clock.  Eating with the seasons—whether through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, a local farmers’ market, or our own home gardens—provides an intimate connection to nature’s rhythms and a deeper appreciation of the true value of our food.

As organic farmers, the Hidden Villa CSA crew is reminded every day of our connection to, and dependence upon, the cycles of nature. Even though we farmers know to expect them, we’re awed every year by the subtle signs that mark the changing light and the coming of a new season. As winter draws to a close, we celebrate the budding of the plum trees, knowing that the rest of our orchard will soon follow. We rejoice in the first transplanting of zinnias and sunflowers knowing that we will soon be surrounded by their beauty. We delight in the tiny tomato plants emerging in our greenhouse, our imagination drifting to summer fruit fresh from the vine.  

Seasonal eating and flower appreciation is a practice in enjoying the precious uniqueness of food and blooms in their proper place and time. It provides us with the joyful challenge of stretching our palates to accommodate what is growing here and now. It rewards us with an ever-changing menu to hold our interest. In a practical sense, eating with the seasons is also more flavorful because crops are harvested at the peak of ripeness, more affordable because prices are lowest at the height of each crop’s season, more nutritious because crops are more full of nutrients at the peak of freshness, and better for the environment because crops don’t need to travel across oceans or continents to get to your plate. Whether you’re a foodie philosopher or a culinary pragmatist, eating seasonally will repay your efforts with an undeniable richness of flavors and connections.

Hidden Villa’s CSA, which provides members with weekly shares of organic produce and flowers between May and November, makes it easy to explore the joys of seasonal eating. A preview of our diverse monthly offerings is available here. With a variety of plans, pricing, and flower bouquet add-ons, members can choose the option that best fits their family's needs. We even help you learn to enjoy new and unfamiliar vegetables with a collection of tried-and-true recipes! Our online registration system makes it easy to sign up, and donations enable us to offer CSA scholarships to families living on low incomes.

Whether you join our CSA, visit our booth at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market, or grow food in your own garden space, we wish you inspiring culinary experiences that deepen your connections to good food, natural rhythms, and each other.

Happy eating!

Ali Abbors
Journeyman Farmer

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0006 youth dev cropped la                        Join our team this Summer! We're waiting for you!

 

CAMP OFFICE INTERN DESCRIPTION

Apply for this position here!

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Summer Camp Admissions Manager, this 20-30 hour a week, hands-on position will participate in the day-to-day operations of the camp office including general office administration and customer support communication.

 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

-       General administrative support: file, organize, process incoming/outgoing mail.

-       Maintain accurate electronic and paper records, including extensive data entry.

-       Provide customer service to parents of campers and potential campers.

-       Support camp check-in and check-out processes.

-       Assist in volunteer management and coordination.

-       Writing blogs, website content, and helping coordinate the monthly e-newsletter: including generating content, designing layout, managing subscribers

 

Qualifications:

-       Our ideal candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented, meets deadlines, juggles multiple tasks, takes initiative, and can manage own workload.

-       Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; multilingual a plus.

-       Appropriately handles sensitive and confidential information.

-       Eager to learn new skills and participate in office environment.

 

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship that offers a great deal of hands-on experience. Interns will gain and/or improve upon their:

-       Experience supporting a wide range of events and office needs.

-       Written and oral communication skills through customer service experience.

-       Familiarity with the daily responsibilities of a fast-paced office environment.

-       Understanding of a nonprofit organization

-       Ability to work in a mission-driven environment.

-       Data entry and administrative skills.

 

SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS INTERN DESCRIPTION

Apply for this position here!

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Summer Camp Admissions Manager, this 20-30 hour a week, hands-on position will participate in the day-to-day operations of communicating camp activities to parents and organizational supporters.

 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

-       Photographing daily camp activities.

-       Uploading appropriate pictures to our online camp communication system.

-       Designing and implementing summer camp online newsletters.

-       Writing articles and providing pictures for our monthly organizational newsletter.

-       Ensuring our photograph/publication waiver policy is upheld.

 

Qualifications:

-       Our ideal candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented, meets deadlines, juggles multiple tasks, takes initiative, and can manage own workload.

-       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

-       Appropriately handles sensitive and confidential information.

 

Compensation:

This is an unpaid internship that offers a great deal of hands-on experience. Interns will gain and/or improve upon their:

-       Experience meeting the social media needs of our customer base.

-       Written and oral communication skills through hands-on experience.

-       Familiarity with the daily responsibilities of a fast-paced office environment.

-       Understanding of a nonprofit organization

-       Ability to work in a mission-driven environment.

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Written by: Lanette Anderson, Hidden Villa Horticulturalist

 

I've been musing on richness lately. Summer on a farm is a good time for that. Even in this year of drought, when our water is lean and we're only able to plant a fraction of our usual crops we still have so very much.

 It's only fairly recently that I've come to think of richness in a broader context. Growing up I always understood it strictly as a measure of monetary wealth. The term brought to mind gold, diamonds, expensive cars, shiny and polished things. I thought of richness as something to strive for, something that required scrimping, saving and luck. Of course that's still one interpretation, but I've found it can be so much more expansive than that. I feel a richness of fruit in the overflowing bowl of sweet peaches on my counter, a richness of color in the bright buckets of flowers from the field, a richness of time in a lazy summer afternoon spent reading and sipping lemonade.

These types of riches deepen and even grow as they're savored and enjoyed. Scrimping or squirreling away won't serve this wealth. In fact there's something about these types of richness that invites sharing. You are rich because you have a little (or a lot) more than you personally need or can use. The big golden bowl of peaches on my counter is too full for me to eat all alone, which is why I feel so wealthy in them and why I baked a peach cobbler for my family.

Likewise, Hidden Villa thrives in large part because of the generosity and sharing of our community members like you. That richness of time and support that you share is magnified as it's enjoyed by all who come here. I see it in the campers who've been here this summer sleeping under the stars and tending to the chickens, in the interns whose lives and career paths are forever changed from their educational experiences here and in all our visitors who value the peace and beauty of this place. The Duveneck's generous gift of preserving this land and sharing it with all of us has sent ripples of richness through countless lives, my own included. I'm so grateful to share our richness with you.
What richness are you enjoying today?

 

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The Impact of a Second Year Internship at Hidden Villa

My name is Elena and I am the animal husbandry intern, just starting my second year internship here. Hidden Villa is a special place to learn and discover and I am excited to spend another year here farming and talking with the public who visits us. All these skills and experiences I am gaining here will help prepare me for when I have my own farm. I am learning how a farm is more than a place to cultivate food, but also has the potential to cultivate community.

I work on weekends, which means I am a very visible person to the public and am learning the value of having a strong relationship and dialogue available for the people who visit the farm. Families come up to me and talk to me about the different things they are seeing with the animals and our crop fields. They ask me questions and we are able to have a discussion. Sometimes they are quick questions, such as names or breeds of our animals. Other times those introductory questions lengthen and they start digging deeper into issues of food production and all the things needed and steps taken to make a food system sustainable and available for a broad range of people. I enjoy when this happens because those are the moments I get to see the effect Hidden Villa has on the community.

I appreciate that Hidden Villa does so much; it is not just a farm or an educational center or a summer camp or a nature preserve, but a mixture of all of these.  People usually come for just one of these things, but end up staying for all of them.  If Hidden Villa were just a farm, I would not have gained all the skills I have now and am continuing to work on.  I would not have had such strong mentors who have clear tasks to complete, but who also understand and actively want to teach and pass on what they know. They are able to take the extra time to teach and make sure that the interns get to see the whole process of a project, and explain all the details, even if it is something new that we have never done before, such as building a chicken wagon to house seventy chickens on the back of a trailer bed.  

I am excited and so grateful to stay on a second year. I now understand better how things work and the goals of the organization as a whole. I can see the impact Hidden Villa has on the community and thus I am better able to serve the visitors and interact with them when they come. I look forward to experiencing another year of full seasons and comparing how things differ from the year before. I am more able to think critically about projects and tasks, with one year under my belt. I appreciate living and learning in a safe environment where we are encouraged to try new things and stretch ourselves physically, emotionally, and socially, but where we are supported by each other.

 

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We are grateful for the rain and all that it provides for us!

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Happy Valentine's Day from Hidden Villa! Hope you enjoy a picture of this wreath made from our own fresh olive branches, compliments of Lanette Anderson, horticulturist.

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"The 16 and 17 were happy days," says Dietrich on the second and last day of the Compass High Retreat. "I wish we would stay another night," he says.  "Me, too, Dietrich. Me, too," I respond.

Last Thursday and Friday were also happy days for me. Actually, they are the happiest days I have experienced as the Youth Development Intern.  We had our first retreat of the year and we were privileged to work with Compass High, a comprehensive high school for students with learning differences that just opened last fall.  Five of the eight students at Compass High joined us on Thursday morning, along with four staff, including administrators, so with Bill, Sid, and I, the ratio was greater than 1:1.  

"Welcome, everyone! We are excited to have you here. Now before we start with introductions, who can tell me why we are here?" I ask. "Community service," says Paige quietly.  I remember their names because we paid them a visit just last week.  We at Youth Development strive to visit every classroom before they visit ours, which is Hidden Villa's vast land.  We want to give students an opportunity to meet us and get to know us through our ice breakers and activities before we spend a whole day or more with them.

"That's a great answer, Paige. Who else has ideas of why we are here?" I ask.  A few moments later, Madison says, "Connect?"  "Yes!" I sigh.  "We are here for connection. We want to give you opportunities to connect with one another and we want to connect with you.  We want you to feel connected to this land, these trees, and these hills," I say, as I glance at the glistening green leaves around us.  

Connection was a theme of the retreat while the program focused on farm and wilderness.  After a few team-building activities and introducing the group to our beautiful farm animals, we set out to make apple muffins to deepen their understanding of where our food comes from.  We picked apples from our apple trees, collected eggs straight from chicken's nests, made butter, and grinded wheat berries.  In the end, we enjoyed apple muffins with a greater appreciation for earth because it provides so much for us.  

The next morning, we connected deeper with nature.  We walked alone on the trail for a few minutes while practicing to walk like a fox after expressing gratitude to people, earth, water, plants, our fellow animals, wind and weather, sun and moon, and the rest of the stars.  We made nature journals and befriended trees, which we got to know after spending time with them, noticing all that they were, what they felt like, what sounds they made, and what they smelled like.  As a last activity, we made pillows out of lavender, mint and other herbs, and wool we carded ourselves, wool from our very own sheep.

After a closing circle, in which we shared our beautiful perceptions of each other and hugged one another with great warmth, Bill, Sid, and I wished for more time with them.  Time to connect with them deeper, for them to connect with each other more, for them to see the connections all around them, with the land, trees and hills.  Josephine Duveneck once said, "Becoming aware of the relationship of all living things to other living things is the key to knowing ourselves. It is the basis for understanding the intricate web of life."  With Compass High, we strived towards increasing such awareness, and as our connection with them grows, we hope this awareness will also continue to grow.

To find out more about Hidden Villa Youth Development programs check out our Youth Development Page.

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As we reflect on 2013 and head into a new, fresh and unknown year, we invite you to reflect on your wishes for the world. How can you let those wishes out into the world? How can you ground them through your experiences?

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My name is Dulce Anahi Andrade Estrada and I was born to serve. Dulce-

I am the Youth Development Intern here at Hidden Villa. This means I serve middle-school- and high-school-aged youth through a wide range of programs, including farm and wilderness, team-building, and service learning. I will be sharing my personal experiences from our wonderful programming throughout the next weeks and in doing so, introduce you to the youth we love working with.

I am very fortunate to work in an organization like Hidden Villa after graduating from college. I am here because I value education and service. I am here because I wish to serve youth. As a Mexican immigrant from a low-income status and a first generation college graduate, I understand the value of being served. I understand the value of being given the opportunity to fulfill my dreams, to fulfill my dream of a college education. I understand the value of investing in youth and their hopes, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Without mentors and foundations, many dreams would be deferred, dreams including mine. I know what it feels like to be underprivileged but I also know what it feels like to be inspired by others’ commitment to make this world a better place, to make this world more just. Because of this, I am inspired to give back. I am inspired to serve youth as I have been served, with unconditional support and love.

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Although there are only 5 ingredients in this simple dish, it sure packs a punch and allows the hearty flavor of the vegetables speak for themselves.  As a great cold weather green that is packed with vitamins and fiber, the sauteed chard is mellowed by the soft roasted squash and warm garlic cream sauce. Impress your guests with this simple dish that is full of flavor, texture and nourishment. 

Ingredients:

1 Acorn Squash
1 Bunch Swiss Chard
4 cloves Garlic
¾ Cup Milk
2 Oz Feta Cheese

 

1.  Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp.
2.  Place aquash cut side down on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 400°F, until fork tender and set aside.
3. 
Peel cloves of garlic and add to oven for 10 minutes alongside the squash.
4.  Remove garlic and in a small mixing bowl, puree with milk and feta cheese, adding salt and pepper to taste.  5.  Coarsely chop chard and sauté in a medium saucepan with olive oil over high heat until wilty (stems are okay to use, add 2 or 3 minutes before leaves).
6.  Place sauteed chard into hallowed out squash and drizzle with cream sauce.  Bake for another 10 minutes and serve hot out of the oven. 

classic baked acorn squash

Photo courtesy of simplyrecipes.com

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Crisp fall evenings summon warm meals that satisfy our bellies and warm our souls. This hearty ratatouille dish is simple and easy to prepare, yet incorporates some of our favorite fall staples that will keep you and your family full and happy!

Ingredients: 

3Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves

1 handful parsley

2-3 eggplant cut into ½ inch pieces

2 pepper cut into thin slivers

4 tomatoes coarsely chopped

1tsp salt

pinch of black pepper

 

1.  Over medium-low heat, add the oil to a large skillet and saute the onion, garlic, and parsley, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened.

2.  Add the eggplant, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the eggplant has softened. Stir in pepper, tomatoes, and salt, and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in a few grinds of pepper to taste.

3.  Serve warm over a bed of grains or enjoy in a bowl with a piece of fresh, crispy toast.

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Ripening in their delicate husks, tomatillos are hidden gems that provide a pop of flavor and color to many late summer dishes.   This week's recipe combines these flavorful fruits with our favorite smoky peppers to yield an easy yet hearty meal.  Keep it vegetarian and serve with crispy toast or toss in cubed pork for some added gusto.

tomatillos

Ingredients:

1pt tomatillos
olive oil
pinch of salt
1 medium onion, finely chopped
5 medium peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
6 oz grated cheddar cheese
Cubed pork (optional)

 

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Husk and dice tomatillos. On a baking sheet, toss with oil, chopped onion, and salt and place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until well cooked.
3.  Place tomatillos in a large saucepan and puree with an immersion blender until chunky.  Add seeded, chopped peppers.
4.  Stew until peppers become soft and add cooked pork if you like. Top stew with grated cheese and enjoy with crispy toast or tortilla chips!

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The word photography means writing with light but most photographers claim they are painting with light!

 

I chase the light in the early mornings in Hidden Villa’s deep woods. 

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We just can't get enough of those sweet and juicy tomatoes! Their versatility enables them to shine in any dish and incorporating this week's tomatillos will add a punch of color and flavor to this summer stew. Keep it vegetarian and serve with crispy toast or toss in cubed pork for some added gusto.

tomatillos

Ingredients:

1pt tomatillos
olive oil
pinch of salt
1 medium onion, finely chopped
5 medium peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
6 oz grated cheddar cheese
Cubed pork (optional)

 

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Husk and dice tomatillos. On a baking sheet, toss with oil, chopped onion, and salt and place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until well cooked.
3.  Place tomatillos in a large saucepan and puree with an immersion blender until chunky.  Add seeded, chopped peppers.
4.  Stew until peppers become soft and add cooked pork if you like. Top stew with grated cheese and enjoy with crispy toast or tortilla chips!

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Bring on the tomatoes! Hidden Villa's fields are bursting with these plump and juicy fruits that are packed with nutrition and flavor.  The intense summer heat has ripened them to their full potential and can be enjoyed best in this fresh summer salad.

tomatoes

Ingredients:

1 pint sungold tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup minced basil

1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet onion

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

pinch of salt

 

1. In a mixing bowl, prepare the onion by adding vinegar and salt and allow to stand while you make the rest of the salad.
2. Prepare tomatoes and basil and toss with onions.  Add salt to taste and toss together to combine ingredients.

Enjoy as a great side salad for any summer meal while soaking in rest of the season on your porch or patio!

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